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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston

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  • 1 hour (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
  • Carriage tour of Charleston
  • Several departures throughout the day
  • Learn about local history
  • Ideal choice for families

What's Included

  • 1-hour Horse Drawn Carriage Ride of Historic Charleston
  • Professional Guide
  • Learn about buildings, history, architecture, flora, and the people that make up the “Holy City”
  • See a mixture of houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 8 Guignard St
    8 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

    Please meet us at 8 Guignard Street Charleston, SC 29401 We are the Big Red Barn!

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

This tour begins in downtown Charleston, where you meet a knowledgeable driver-guide and settle into a carriage drawn by a pair of horses. Follow a route that takes in some of the historic downtown district’s most elegant mansions and gardens, learning about the architecture of each place as you drive along. Catch the scent of jasmine flowers from deep, shady porches, and pass by rows of bristling palmetto trees.

Get an overview of Charleston’s dramatic history, from long-ago pirate raids to plantations, Revolutionary battles, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The city was founded in 1670, and Charleston's historic buildings have been meticulously preserved and restored. Guides combine humor with history for a lighthearted experience of Charleston’s atmospheric center.

This tour concludes at the original departure point.

Charleston City Market

Our Barn is located just off of the Charleston City Market. You will meet your certified tour guide here and then you will depart on your hour long horse or mule drawn carriage tour. The carriage will go through the City gate at the market where the tour guide is assigned a tour route. You will see about 30 blocks of the historic district which will include beautiful architecture, churches, buildings, gardens and more. The tour returns to the Big Red Barn.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Palmetto Carriage Works

This is where you will meet your tour guide and your horse or mule drawn carriage.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:Where does the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston depart from?

A:All of our tours begin and end at the Big Red Barn at 8 Guignard Street, one block from the City Market.

Apr 2021

Q:Is parking available for the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:There are multiple parking garages and lots near the City Market. You can also park at the Visitor’s Center and ride the free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH) to the Market.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring my young child with me on the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Absolutely! This tour is fun for the whole family!

Apr 2021

Q:How long is the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:The carriage tour is approximately one hour long.

Apr 2021

Q:Is the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston narrated?

A:Yes, we only hire guides who are members of the Palmetto Guild of Certified Tour Guides. In order to be certified, guides must pass an extensive test facilitated by the City of Charleston and attend recertification classes every three years.

Apr 2021

Q:What will I see during the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Charleston’s historic district is the 2nd largest in the world, so it would take hours to see all of it. There are 5 zones where your carriage tour might go – each one is full of fascinating history and beautiful homes, churches, and gardens.

Apr 2021

Q:How many people does the carriage seat during the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Our large public carriages can seat up to 16 people, not including the driver who stands at the front. You can purchase an extra seat if you are concerned about having enough space. We also have smaller carriages that seat up to four or eight people.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring snacks/drinks with me on the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Absolutely! We sell drinks and snacks in our Barn Shop, or you can bring your own. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in accordance with the City’s “open container” law.

Apr 2021

Q:Is the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston handicap accessible?

A:Our carriages pull up to a boarding platform in the Big Red Barn which is almost level with the carriages. There is a bit of a gap to step over, but we have a ramp leading to the platform, and we can assist as needed.

Apr 2021

Q:Can I bring my service animal with me on the Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Sightseeing Tour of Historic Charleston?

A:Absolutely. We can accommodate service animals with advance notice. Please specify if you would like to bring a dog in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout.

Apr 2021

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Fantastic Tour!
Megan_D, Oct 2022
We had a fantastic tour guide! He was so knowledgeable and entertaining, and we got to see so many wonderful things around historic Charleston. He even began the tour talking about how they care for their horses who pull the carriages.
Tour guide was very...
Kerri_H, Aug 2022
Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Went with my sister and daughter for her spring break. Enjoyable way to see downtown Charleston.
Amazing
Jennie_B, Apr 2022
It was amazing, informative and a wonderful to see the town. The tour guide was witty and provided so many facts about Charleston
Amazing
Ronnie_C, Apr 2022
It is worth experiencing and touring the many history of Charleston. I will highly recommend to friends and family to visit Charleston.
Don't miss this trip!
Kirsten_I, Apr 2022
Great trip with lots of information! I wasn't sure if this was a tourist trap or not-it most definitely is not! It is a great way to learn about the city! My only complaint is that you do not know where you are going to go on your tour. it is regulated. We got lucky and went exactly where I wanted to. I know there is a lot I don't know about Charleston, but I do know there are things I really wanted to see and would have been disappointed if I did not get to see them on the tour.
So Great!!
Meghann_D, Feb 2022
Our guide, Scott, was amazing!! Great love and knowledge of his city. This was a wonderful way to see and learn about Charleston!
A must in Charleston
Terrance_G, Feb 2022
Very informative and got to see a lot in only one hour. We got to hear from a true Charlestonian about his city.
Fantastic tour of Charleston, SC
Regina_H, Nov 2022
We had a great time on the historic horse and buggy tour. Rob was the best and so knowledgeable about the history of Charleston. The town is stunningly beautiful. Would recommend to anyone traveling to the area.
Relaxing Ride Through Historical Charleston
Maria_S, Nov 2022
We had a great time on this tour. It was relaxing and a great way to learn more about the history and architecture of historical Charleston. The horses were so sweet and the tour guide was so respectful to them, which seems like a silly thing to appreciate but I did all the same.
Best carriage ride ever.
Lisa_C, Nov 2022
Our guide was very knowledgeable, very personable and friendly. It was all so interesting learning about the history of Charleston and seeing the old buildings still standing today. It was a beautiful day.
History Arts and Food in beautiful Charleston
Elisabetta_D, Nov 2022
Excellent riding through Charleston with TickTock and our fabulous hist David! He is very knowledgeable and told us several interesting stories about Charleston, its history, art and culinary aspects of this wonderful city! We are do glad we did it and recommend anybody to do it!
Enjoyable Ride
Rose_H, Nov 2022
Our tour guide, David, was awesome! Very informative and knowledgeable on the history and area. He was passionate about his hometown and his job. I believe we toured district 5 but wished we would have seen more of the area. I was hoping to see Rainbow Row and part of that area. Meeting area is close to the cruise terminal and is easy to walk to the Red Barn.
Must do in Charleston!
Rita_H, Nov 2022
Our driver Jenny and her steed, Elwood, were a dream team. They both kept us captivated, entertained and educated. It was an hour well spent and in keeping with the charm and history of Charleston. Thank you!
Meeting our horse Goober...
Kathy_G, Nov 2022
Meeting our horse Goober and the driver. We learned a lot about Charleston through the driver’s stories as they were entertaining and informative. It was a beautiful day as well.
Very enjoyable tour
Keith_A, Oct 2022
Our driver/guide (Scott)was great, very informative and had some good jokes. He is a native of Charleston, so he knew a lot of the area.
Absolutely amazing
Abigail_J, Oct 2022
The whole experience was amazing. Our tour guide have such rich knowledge and history of Charleston. I would recommend anyone to take this tour
Wonderful way to see the city, while experiencing the grandeur of a carriage ride.
Barbara_S, Oct 2022
I could of ridden on this carriage all day. It Was such a great experience seeing the city this way, and hearing all the history from the tour guide. This Company really knows how to run a safe yet friendly business, sharing so many facts about the Charleston city, while managing these wonderful horses with such skill and humanity.
Nice day
Kevin_C, Oct 2022
We went to west end and saw the beautiful Historic churches and heard their stories. Would have been worth another day to see more
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour!
Cathy_B, Oct 2022
We loved hearing the history and viewing the homes of beautiful Charleston!! Our guide was knowledgeable and fun. Thank you!!
Tour was great for...
cheryl_k, Oct 2022
Tour was great for historical background of Charleston. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of details. Very well organized and timely departures.
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